ES! It was an eagle's nest that Cuffy Bear had found,
He landed in a heap at the foot of the first cliff, jumped up like a flash and in a twinkling he was rolling heels over head down another cliff.
Again Cuffy fell in a heap at the bottom. Again he
jumped up. And again he started to run. But this time,
Soon the earth was far, far beneath Cuffy. And he was
the most frightened little bear you could imagine. He
You see, Cuffy Bear was in a sad fix. And for my part, when I first heard of his plight I did not see how he was ever going to get out of it alive.
Well—this was what happened.
Mrs. Eagle rose higher and higher.
But Cuffy was a very fat little
bear. And soon
Mrs. Eagle saw what was happening. But she didn't want
to let Cuffy go. So she flew far out from the side of
the mountain, hoping that she would soon feel stronger.
But all the time she kept growing weaker and weaker.
And all the time she kept falling faster and faster,
until all at once
She was still very angry. And she hated to lose the fine dinner she had been counting on. But she saw nothing else to do but let go of Cuffy Bear. So she gave one last scream of rage; and the next instant Cuffy felt himself dropping through the air like a stone.
Now, Cuffy had shut his eyes tight, just as he did when
he was drifting down the river on the cake of ice; so
he did not see what was happening. But as luck had it,
Cuffy clutched wildly at the branches. And though he tumbled through them one after another, at last he managed to hold tight to a big limb. And then, after he had caught his breath again, he crept carefully down to the ground.
He wondered where he was. The place had a strangely
familiar look. It seemed to Cuffy that he must have
been there before. And then, as he peered cautiously
around, what should he see but the door of his father's
house, right in front of him! Yes!
As he grew older Cuffy often went to the top of Blue Mountain. But never, so long as he lived, did he get home again so quickly.